The purpose of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 is to achieve a substantial and sustained reduction in child abuse and neglect in Australia over time. A number of projects are underway to improve outcomes for children who have been harmed or are at risk of being harmed. This page contains information about the recent progress of some of these projects. Highlights include:
- The review of the national Information Sharing Protocol has been finalised.
- A Therapeutic Residential Care Workshop will be held on 10-11 October 2012 in Brisbane, Queensland.
- A strategic evaluation plan for the duration of the National Framework 2009-2020 is currently being developed.
Latest news on the priority projects
The review of the national Information Sharing Protocol has been finalised.
Responding to Sexual Abuse
Professional development resources are nearing completion and are scheduled for public release in early 2012.
A Therapeutic Residential Care Workshop will be held on 10-11 October 2012 in Brisbane, Queensland. The workshop will include training in relation to these professional development resources.
Further information about this project.
Advocating nationally for children and young people
The Commonwealth has recently completed targeted consultations on a potential role for a National Children's Commissioner. The consultation focused on two key questions:
- Who should a National Children’s Commissioner represent?
- What should the functions of a National Children’s Commissioner be?
Closing the Gap
The trial of the Indigenous-specific kinship carer assessment tool is now complete. Winangay Resources conducted the trial from May to December 2011 with positive results. The trial was conducted in a number of locations across Australia in Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory. Further discussions regarding the availability of the resources are in progress.
Ministers have agreed to include a specific Indigenous Priority Action in every future three-year action plan under the National Framework.
Evaluation of the National Framework
An initial evaluation of the first three-year action plan has been conducted. The evaluation includes a literature review and engagement and consultation with key stakeholders and National Framework partners.
A strategic evaluation plan for the duration of the National Framework 2009-2020 is currently being developed. The evaluation plan aims to inform future adjustments and enhancements to the National Framework over time.
Next three-year action plan
The first three-year action plan commenced in 2009 and is scheduled for completion in mid 2012. Planning is underway for the second three-year action plan (2012-2015). Potential ideas for consideration as part of the next action plan were provided through the November 2011 Queensland National Framework Intergovernmental Working Group (QNFIWG) meeting.
Transitioning from care
The independent review of the Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is under way with a report scheduled to be delivered to the Commonwealth in the near future.
A resource outlining best practice in supporting young people transitioning from care is on track to be made publicly available by mid 2012. The resource is scheduled to be considered by Ministers for endorsement at their next meeting.
Ministers previously agreed to a nationally consistent approach to planning for young people leaving out-of-home care. The resource Transitioning from out-of-home care to independence: a Nationally Consistent Approach to Planning is available on the FaHCSIA's website.
Further information on Transitioning to independence.
Other national priority projects
A status update as of March 2012, is now available for all National Framework projects. These include:
- Joining up service delivery
- Closing the gap
- Seeing early warning signs, taking early action (including the CAARS project)
- Improving support for carers
- Developing National Standards for Out-of-Home Care
- Building Workforce Capacity and Expertise
- Enhancing the evidence base
- Filling the research gaps
- Transitioning to independence
- Responding to Sexual Abuse
- Advocating Nationally for Children and Young People (including the Working with Children Checks project)
- Sharing Information